Ratingen The three musicians Ansgar Wallenhorst, organ, Bernd Bolsinger, clarinet and saxophone, and Frank Düppenbecker, trumpet, complement the reading with music by famous composers.
(RP) A special evening awaits the audience on Friday, July 30th, at 7 p.m. in the Church of St. Peter and Paul. Amir Shaheen caused a sensation with his book “I’m not a foreigner, my name is just that”. From the point of view of the person concerned, he tells humorously, but also thoughtfully, about his life in Germany – as a German with foreign roots.
The three musicians Ansgar Wallenhorst, organ, Bernd Bolsinger, clarinet and saxophone, and Frank Düppenbecker, trumpet, reflect on and complement the reading with music by famous composers who have also been foreigners for most of their lives. The Argentine Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) had Italian parents, a scholarship in Paris and lived in the USA for many years. Christoph Rueger writes about Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) in his book of the same name: “A lifetime Russian at heart, he has lived in four countries with three passports since the summer of 1914 and only returned to his homeland in 1962 for a single visit”.
You can also hear music by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and the British Edward Elgar (1857-1934). Throughout the history of music up to today’s works, she outlines how foreign influences enrich international culture and contribute to understanding. There are also sounds from gospel and klezmer and free improvisation to the moods of the lyrics.
The program is funded by the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science and combines the genres of literature and music. You can hear an interplay of Shaheen’s texts and music from different countries and epochs. Admission is free. At the end of the event, however, a collection is made for the flood victims.
There will be a second event in Altena. The project in Altena serves to favor those affected on site, which in Ratingen flows into the fund “Germany helps”.